A 12-Gb/s Stacked Dual-Channel Interface for CMOS Image Sensor Systems

Sensors (Basel). 2018 Aug 17;18(8):2709. doi: 10.3390/s18082709.


We propose a dual-channel interface architecture that allocates high and low transition-density bit streams to two separate channels. The transmitter utilizes the stacked drivers with charge-recycling to reduce the power consumption. The direct current (DC)-coupled receiver front-end circuits manage the common-mode level variations and compensate for the channel loss. The tracked oversampling clock and data recovery (CDR), which realizes fast lock acquisition below 1 baud period and low logic latency, is shared by the two channels. Fabricated in a 65-nm low-power complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, the dual-channel transceiver achieves 12-Gb/s data rate while the transmitter consumes 20.43 mW from a 1.2-V power supply.

Keywords: CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) System; charge-recycling; dual-channel; shared CDR; stacked driver; transceiver.